Pack a Survival Kit

Some people call it a Disaster Kit – we call it a Survival Kit because it may be what you need to survive on for a few days. Everyone’s kit will be different – personalize it to meet your family’s needs. Just be sure it has enough supplies to last for at least 72 hours. (Remember to make a much smaller version that fits in a backpack for each vehicle too).

Survival kit ideas:

  • Food & Water
  • Water – 1 gallon/person/day
  • Food – non-perishable (ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits, and vegetables are a good idea)
  • Canned juices or soup
  • Powdered milk (store extra water to mix)
  • Staples – sugar, salt, pepper
  • High-energy foods (peanut butter, jelly, crackers, granola bars, trail mix)
  • Comfort/stress foods (cookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals, instant coffee, tea bags)
  • Kitchen Items
  • Manual can opener
  • Paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils
  • All-purpose knife
  • Household liquid bleach (unscented) to treat drinking water
  • Aluminum foil and plastic wrap
  • Re-sealable plastic bags
  • If food must be cooked, small cooking stove and a can of cooking fuel (or Sterno?) … use only if safe to do so!
  • First Aid Kit
  • First aid manual
  • Sterile adhesive bandages and gauze pads in assorted sizes
  • Hypoallergenic adhesive tape
  • Towelettes
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Thermometer
  • Petroleum jelly or other lubricant
  • Safety pins in assorted sizes
  • Latex gloves
  • Sunscreen
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Nonprescription Drugs
  • Aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Antacid (for stomach upset)
  • Laxative
  • Vitamins
  • Tools & Supplies
  • Battery-operated radio and extra batteries
  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Tent
  • Pliers
  • Duct tape
  • Compass
  • Matches in a waterproof container
  • Signal flare(s)
  • Paper, pencils
  • Work gloves
  • Medicine dropper
  • Wrench (to turn off household gas and water)
  • Whistle
  • Plastic sheeting
  • Sanitation
  • Toilet paper
  • Soap and liquid detergent
  • Feminine supplies
  • Personal hygiene items (toothpaste/brush, mouthwash, etc.)
  • Plastic garbage bags and ties (for personal sanitation use)
  • Plastic bucket with tight lid
  • Disinfectant
  • Clothing & Bedding
  • Sturdy shoes or work boots
  • Rain gear
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Hat and gloves
  • Thermal underwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Household Documents
  • Personal identification
  • Cash
  • Copies of important documents (birth certificates, marriage certificates, social security cards, passport, wilds, inventory of household goods, insurance papers, etc.)
  • Emergency contact list and phone numbers
  • Extra set of car keys and house keys
  • Special Items
  • For baby: Formula, diapers, bottles, powdered milk, medications, toys
  • For adults: Special dietary needs, medication, denture needs, contact lenses/supplies, eyeglasses, entertainment
  • For pets: Medications, food, water, identification

 

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